And drawing back from my own (reasonably low-key) issues for a moment. Reviews Betterhelp.Org…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s truly important that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and certainly much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.